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Moira Shearer (Lady Kennedy)

(1926-2006), Ballet dancer, actress and writer

Sitter in 11 portraits
Shearer joined the Sadler's Wells Ballet School in 1940. She made her professional debut with International Ballet and joined Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1942. Cast by Ashton as Pride in The Quest (1943), she progressed rapidly and danced all the major classical roles. In 1946 she was one of the six dancers on whom Ashton created his masterpiece Symphonic Variations and in 1948 she created the title role in Cinderella. Her appearance in the film The Red Shoes (1948) brought her international stardom and created a new audience for ballet. In 1952 she left the Company to pursue a successful career as an actress.

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Moira Shearer, by Robin Craig Guthrie - NPG 5974

Moira Shearer

by Robin Craig Guthrie
oil on canvas, circa 1946
NPG 5974

Moira Shearer, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(71)

Moira Shearer

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(71)

Moira Shearer, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14203

Moira Shearer

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1940s
NPG x14203

Moira Shearer; Léonide Massine, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x68253

Moira Shearer; Léonide Massine

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
cibachrome print from original transparency, 1948
NPG x68253

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136211

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136212

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136213

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Group at Jouy-en-Josas

by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
NPG x136215

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Moira Shearer

by Baron (Sterling Henry Nahum)
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 19 January 1949
NPG x193345

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Moira Shearer

by Vivienne
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 25 February 1953
NPG x136627

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